Whispers from around the NFL

• As if pulling recently released Corey Bradford off a fishing dock in Texas last week weren't bizarre enough, the Lions' mind-boggling handling of their wide receivers took an even more ludicrous turn when Mike Martz revealed that he's worked backup QB Josh McCown in running routes in practice and won't hesitate to use him in special circumstances on game day.

• Rookie DE Tamba Hali has made his presence felt up front for Kansas City, but a nagging hip injury that prevents him from pushing off at the line of scrimmage is a bit of a concern.

• Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper admitted that he is still experiencing "sharp pain" in his surgically repaired right knee. However, we hear it's unlikely that he'll need additional surgery.